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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
beach life The coastline surrounding Port Macquarie is dotted with white sandy beaches, punctuated by rocky headlands where hidden treasures can be found in rock pools. There are 8 beaches in and around Port Macquarie, most of them life guard patrolled from October through to April. Spectacular river and coastal walking tracks provide easy access for exploring. convict heritage Port Macquarie was settled in 1821, making it one of the oldest penal settlements outside of Sydney. Two fine examples of the original convict constructed buildings still stand today, St. Thomas' Church and the historical museum. Other early buildings to visit are the former Court House, Douglas Vale Homestead and Vineyard, Lake Innes Ruins and Roto House. rainforest and wetlands Sea Acres Rainforest Centre at Shelly Beach, is the second largest coastal rainforest reserve in NSW. Stroll along 1.3 kilometres of boardwalk, often up in the tree canopy itself. Explore the wetlands of Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park, an oasis in the heart of the city with three kilometres of walking tracks and boardwalks that weave through the mangroves, melaleucas and rainforest. city of the arts Awarded the prestigious NSW 4th City of the Arts, the region abounds with talented artists in all genres and almost 100 arts and cultural groups, creating a rich cultural diversity and offering a wide range of regular performances, exhibitions and activities throughout the year. spoilt for choice Port Macquarie has a range of accommodation to suit any budget. For the budget conscious you'll find a variety of affordable backpacker accommodations, family friendly holiday parks with comfortable cabins, shaded camp and caravan sites and a wide range of facilities, all within easy access to beaches and waterways. Choose from a wide range of self contained apartments -- room for the whole family, with all the creature comforts of home -- without the housework! If you prefer the flexibility of motel or hotel accommodation, the choice is extensive, from affordable 3 star through to five star luxury with ocean views and 24 hour room service. Welcoming hosts, offering traditional country hospitality, ensure your stay in a B&B, guest house or country retreat, will have a local flavour. portmacquarieinfo.com.au 5 • Take a stroll along the riverside breakwall, watch the pelicans drift by and chat to the hopeful anglers trying for their catch of the day. • Take a scenic fight in a sea plane, historic tiger moth, jet fghter or microlight for a birds-eye view. • Pack a picnic and fnd yourself a shady spot beside the river on the town green – or grab some local fsh and chips for a ready-made feast. • Climb up to historic Tacking Point Lighthouse and sip champagne at sunset as you drink in the views. • Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins as you stroll along the coastal walking track from Town Beach to Lighthouse Beach. Between June and November you might spot whales from the headlands. • Dine out on some fresh Hasting River Oysters – try them fresh from the leaseholders themselves or prepared to your liking at one of the many riverside cafes and restaurants. • Visit the patients of the Koala Hospital. Feeding time is around 3pm.